I Hereby Resolve….

By Cheryl McCloud

Why does turning a page on a calendar make us resolve to make changes to our lives? Most of the time, we want to replace bad habits with good ones or maybe improve the quality of our lives by vowing to eat better, exercise more, etc.

Survey after survey tell us the most popular New Year's resolutions are to lose weight, exercise or to quit smoking or drinking.

It's said that 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year's resolutions, but only 8 percent achieve their resolution.

There's nothing wrong with wanting to improve ourselves, but why do so many of us put other worthwhile goals so low on our list of things to do?

Spend time with family, enjoy life, help others ...

Why do we race from thing to thing in our lives and forget about the relational elements God created us for? Is this why so many find it difficult to believe that God loves us as we are and desires to spend time DAILY with us?

I love what the Bible tells us about Enoch in Genesis (Chapter 4 and 5) and again in Hebrews (11:5).

"By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: 'He could not be found, because God had taken him away.' For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years.  Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away." (Genesis 5:22-24)

Enoch walked with God. He spent time with Him. And he did it faithfully, over 365 years! This PLEASED God.

They say that habits can be formed by doing them regularly over 28 days. If you want to make a resolution, make one that spills over into every corner of your life and spend time with the creator of the universe. Share your thoughts, your fears, your dreams. Listen to what He has to say and just bask in His love for you. There truly is no better place to be.